Travel and border information for Norway

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Visitor’s visa and residence permit

A visitor's visa allows you to stay in Norway or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. A residence permit gives you the opportunity to work in Norway and to stay for more than 90 days.

Ethiopian citizens must apply for a visitor's visa. Likewise, citizens of Ethiopia need a residence permit in order to work or to take up residence for longer than 90 days.

Applications for visitor’s visas to Norway are handled by the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa

Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the representation agreement Norway has with Sweden for handling Schengen visa applications in Addis Ababa has been temporarily suspended until further notice. As a temporary arrangement applicants in Ethiopia who wish to apply for a Schengen visa to Norway, may from the 21st September 2020 submit their applications at the VFS Global Visa Application Center in Addis Ababa.

For information on how to apply for a Schengen visa, please visit the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi's website.

Applications for residence permits are handled by the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi. All applications must be submitted through VFS Global in Addis Ababa.

For information about the application procedures and requirements for other nationals, please select your country from the list on

Covid-19 and entry requirements to Norway
The Norwegian government has announced that from the 9th of November 2020 the following entry requirements to Norway apply:

  • Travelers from "red" countries must show a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test when entering Norway. The test must have been taken less than 72 hours before entry. Here you can read more about the test and who the requirement applies to.
  • Those who do not reside in Norway, or have an employer or client in Norway who can provide a suitable place to stay when entering Norway, must stay in a quarantine hotel for the first 10 days after entry to Norway. It is still possible to visit Norway, but visitors must spend their first 10 days at a quarantine hotel and have themselves tested during their quarantine period.

The Norwegian health authorities are responsible for the new rules (external website).

You will find relevant information regarding entry and quarantine requirements on the following websites:

Please note that the final control of the entry conditions occurs when you cross the Schengen external border.

For more information about the entry restrictions that have entered into force as a result of the Covid-19 situation, please visit UDI's information page about the Corona situation

Services for applicants
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our ability to provide services for applicants who wish to apply for visas and residence permits has been affected.

Please note the following: 
VFS Global: VFS Global's Visa Application Center in Addis Ababa is open, but with reduced capacity. Please visit for more information and to make an appointment.

Interviews: Interviews may be carried out at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Addis Ababa at this time. However, as the situation may change rapidly, applicants are advised to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi to enquire about the current status.     

DNA-tests: To protect the applicants and our staff from the risk of contracting Covid-19, it is not possible for the mission in Addis Ababa to collect DNA-samples at this time. As soon as the situation changes we will start contacting applicants to make appointments for DNA-testing.